- to make too small, short, etc.; skimp
- to treat stingily; stint
Origin of scrimpprobably ; from Scandinavian as in Swedish skrympa, to shrink, akin to Old English scrimman, German schrumpfen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kremb-, to turn, twist, shrink
intransitive verbscrimped, scrimp·ing, scrimps
Origin of scrimpPerhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skrympa, to shrink.
(third-person singular simple present scrimps, present participle scrimping, simple past and past participle scrimped)
- scrimp and save
(comparative more scrimp, superlative most scrimp)
- Short; scanty; curtailed.